Originally Posted by revolutionrocknroll
We've been to three vets and they've all at least mentioned the luxating patellas, but as far as I know none of them have "documented" it as in writing it in a report or invoice or anything.
She's on Pet Naturals of Vermont Hip and Joint supplements. They're a sister company to Vetriscience and essentially use the same formulas.
We do a lot of exercise in terms of hiking and walks but do you know of any specific activities that will help? About a month ago she couldn't even finish the walk around the neighborhood. She usually hops on three legs during walks but that day she started limping instead of hopping and then completely stopped and started shaking and wouldn't move. I had to carry her home
I've looked at a few plans- Nationwide, ASPCA, and another I can't remember the name but they cover congenital/hereditary conditions. The ASPCA one seemed pretty good but it said this:
"No pet insurance provider covers pre-existing conditions which are conditions that occur before coverage begins or during a waiting period."
So I'm guessing no one will help cover her surgery
On the bright side, it would cover "hereditary conditions" so maybe it could be applied to that? And it said "behavioral issues" too so maybe it would cover training and fluoxetine. Might be worth it even if it doesn't cover the surgery...
I'm sorry to hear that she's gotten that lame
Zody's also has luxating patella in both knees, one of them is grade 4 and from what my vet said the kneecap is permanently out of place, the other knee slips in and out of place very easily. I've only seen his knee completely lock up once, and it scared the heck out of me
Normally if it acts up he limps and for awhile it was pretty bad.
The supplement I ended up using for him was Cytel-M, as far as I could tell it seemed to help, but to be truthful that could have just been wishful imaginings on my part. Whatever the case the reviews on it are overall good, and it's used to strengthen joints in both animals and humans. Chewy has the best price on it https://www.chewy.com/response-produ...ular/dp/110234
although Amazon has many more reviews.
Zody and I mainly walk, and go up and down slight inclines, run up and down his steps to the couch, and he uses his ramp to get on and off my bed multiple times a day. When playing with him I play things like tug-o-war, and "wrestling", both of which make him use those back leg muscles. Here's an article that describes exercises y'all can try, it also has tips on diet and supplements that help with joint health, Treatment Options For Your Dog's Luxating Patella - Dogs Naturally Magazine
I don't know if Delilah is at all over weight, but Zody was by almost 2 pounds, since I got the weight off of him it's made a huge difference.